Indonesian Classics Reinvented At the very heart of the resort lies Rumari Restaurant. A gathering point for discerning world travellers,…
Steeped in history, Raffles Hotel is the epitome of elegant days gone by. Built in 1887, it was considered the place to stay by upper class British colonials and, even today, no visit to Singapore can be considered complete without stopping by. The Long Bar, part of the Raffles Hotel, was a popular watering hole for colonial Singaporeans, almost a social institution, and it was not uncommon to see the gents tipping away on their glasses of gin or whisky. However, this was in stark contrast to the women. Prevailing etiquette dictated that they should not drink in public. It was very unladylike to see a woman swaggering or wobbling in public, but quite okay for men to do so. Alcohol was very much the preserve of male habit in those days. Ladies were relegated to sip on juice or water or tea.
These fact sets the background of the creation of the world famous Singapore Sling. In a genius moment of early Singaporean marketing prowess, barman Ngiam Tong Boon clicked that he could slip a dash of gin and cherry brandy into his pink “fruit cocktail” and the men (and public) would be none the wiser. The popularity of the drink spread throughout the world and although tourists may have tasted the drink in their own country, they still love to sit and sip the drink in the very place that it was invented. This is the story of the man behind the timeless cocktail.
In Bali, that magical moment between the end of the old day and the start of a new evening is a sacred time. Sunset rituals are performed at temples across the island, incorporating traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation throughout the centuries. At Raffles Bali, we have our own sunset tradition. Make your way to The Writers Bar to toast the sun’s descent with a Bali Sling, made with Sipsmith Gin. Located on the top floor of the lobby, the bar’s spectacular terrace is one of the best places in the entire resort for watching the show of blazing colour that accompanies the sun’s disappearance below the horizon.
From morning until past midnight, the bar sets the scene for conversations and Champagne celebrations, all of which take place beneath soaring rattan ceilings. Throughout the bar, local materials and artisan craftsmanship have been used to create a respectful interpretation of traditional Balinese style. Nowhere is this more evident than in the adjoining library, which doubles as a gallery space for artworks by Balinese locals and expats. Take the time to give each artistically masterpiece the attention it deserves while savouring a traditional English afternoon tea served alongside typical local treats on bespoke handmade China and Balinese Dulang tray.
Open Wednesday to Sunday
Noon – Midnight
Dress Code: Casual Chic
Gentlemen are encouraged to wear collared shirts and trousers with appropriate footwear. Ladies may be dressed in dresses, skirts or trousers with appropriate footwear. Slip-ons and flip-flops are not permitted.